Next came the farm in Zimbabwe, and camping trips to the sands of Gonarezhou National Park - magical elephant country and baobab trees. Through the wartime it was back from boarding school at weekends, with a loaded .45 pistol under the pillow.
After school and a six month journey through East Africa, Aggie worked as a management trainee in the Savoy Hotel London, did a spell in Meribel as a chalet girl, then moved back to Kenya, where she ran Island Camp at Lake Baringo. Marrying a diplomat meant leaving Kenya and a posting in Hong Kong where she worked with the Hong Kong Cancer Fund.
Then on to Shanghai, where she helped set up a joint venture foster care charity for Chinese orphans. During her years in the Far East she travelled widely, riding through the Heavenly Mountains of Xinjiang (on the Kazakhstan border) and in Inner Mongolia (while her husband joined the first ever crossing of the Taklamakan Desert) walking in Tibet, boating through the Sundarban delta in Bangladesh, and skiing in South Korea.
Back in the UK, she has spent the last five years working in a start up high end travel company, before joining The Explorations Company to focus more on Africa.
Aggie’s personal favourites:
Waking at dawn under a mosquito net beside a stream on the edge of the Nguruman Escarpment in Kenya. The hadada ibis’ mournful cry from the thorn tree the morning after my father was laid to rest. Cooking Christmas lunch in a dried up ‘lugha’ (riverbed) in the Matthews Range, North Kenya. Water skiing in view of hippos and crocs on Lake Baringo.
The silence, stars and sand dunes of Namibia. Washing in an icy stream after riding in China’s Heavenly Mountains. Sharing goat curry with Wilfred Thesiger in his hut in Maralal. The smell of quenched red earth after rain anywhere in Africa.
‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.
Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!
I could go on but I'll spare you.
Thanks a million
Judy and Mike’
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